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Release Date: 13th June 2019 / Publisher: Head of Zeus

She is outside your front door.

She got on the train after a difficult week at work. Her bag had been stolen, and with it, her identity. Her whole life was in there – passport, wallet, house key. When she tried to report the theft, her mind went blank. She couldn’t even remember her name.

She says she lives in your house.

Now she’s outside Tony and Laura’s front door. She is certain she lives in their home. But they have never met her before.

Would you let her in?

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My Review

A mysterious woman turns up on the doorstep of Laura and Tony’s home.  She’s lost her bag which contains her whole life – passport, purse, ID and keys.  She’s also lost her memory and can’t remember her own name.  The only thing she can remember is that she lives at this house.  Yet, Laura and Tony have never met her before.  Wanting to help they invite her to stay, but do they really know who they have invited into their home…

This was my first book by this author.  When I saw this book I thought the idea of a woman who can’t remember who she is turning up at a house that she thinks she lives in completely original and really enticing!  The mysterious woman, given the name of Jemma, remains mysterious until well into the story.  I really felt for Jemma and couldn’t think of anything worse than to not be able to remember anything about my life, and then forgetting everything I’d learnt the next morning when I woke up as well.  It was also hard to work out whether Jemma was genuine or not and this kept me right on the edge of my seat trying to work it all out.

Most of the characters had something about them that meant I didn’t know which ones to believe and which ones to trust.  The chapters are told from different characters points of view and the storyline keeps twisting and turning throwing red herrings and dead ends into it at every turn.  Without giving away too many spoilers, just when I thought the story had all ended, it went off tangent and carried on a bit more!  It felt like I was getting two books for the price of one!  The storyline does though, in parts, get a little bit far-fetched and I was left wondering what the likelihood of some of things happening was!  But, this didn’t detract at all from the tension, suspense and enjoyment of this book.

Overall, this was a fabulously dark thriller which will keep you wondering what the hell is going on and turning the pages furiously just to find out!  It’s well written, with some great research and I really enjoyed it!  Would definitely recommend!

The Author

J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of theDaily Telegraphin London before becoming a full-time writer. Monroe is the author of six novels, including the international bestseller, Find Me.